Press Releases

SB 1301 provides about $40 million in cap-and-trade revenue for clean energy projects aimed at reducing the use of fossil natural gas

April 20, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Southern California’s Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, which forced thousands of residents out of their homes and poured immense amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, has sparked debate about the state’s heavy reliance on fossil natural gas.

Today, legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that helps the state transition to alternative fuels passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

SB 1299 corrects uneven pricing between older and newer renewable energy contracts, thereby allowing older facilities to continue operating

April 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Contracts for California’s first wave of renewable energy facilities, built and producing power before the state first adopted its renewable energy targets in 2002, are expiring, and many facilities are in danger of shutting down because they are locked into low prices.

SB 881 follows 2015 legislation that helped establish a traffic amnesty program

April 12, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that stops the automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for people who fail to appear in court on minor traffic offenses or fail to pay fines for those offenses today was passed by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

SB 1137 makes intentionally introducing ransomware into any computer, system or network a crime equivalent to extortion

April 12, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to help protect computer users by outlawing the practice of infecting computers with ransomware and making it the criminal equivalent of extortion today passed the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Ransomware is software that allows a computer hacker to access your computer, hold it hostage and demand payment in exchange for relinquishing the attack. Under the bill, a person engaged in the activity could be convicted of a felony and be given a sentence of up to four years in jail.

SB 936 allows state IBank to back more private lending to small businesses that need it, stimulating economic development

April 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, allowing the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) to expand the private lending it guarantees for small businesses that cannot qualify for standard loans was passed today by the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.

SB 820 removes sunset for California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, helps state continue pushing redevelopment of blighted properties

April 6, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that extends the California Land Reuse & Revitalization Act, a vital legal tool enacted in 2004 that has helped propel the cleanup and development of vacant hazardous waste sites across the state, today was passed by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

SB 1349 overhauls Cal-Access to make campaign and lobbying disclosures quick and easy to find online

April 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to modernize California’s online database of campaign and lobbying information today was passed by the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee.

SB 919 will help the state avoid wasting renewable energy generation, while lowering the cost of water production

April 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to use surplus energy to make local water recycling less expensive was passed today by the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee.

SB 919 requires the state to better coordinate its power by directing excess renewable energy that can occur during the middle of the day toward water agencies that recycle or purify water.

SB 1029 responds to issues raised by a San Francisco embezzlement case in which millions of dollars in bonds were looted

March 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that requires the state to track and report on all state and local government debt until it is fully repaid or redeemed was passed today by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee.  

SB 1029, which is sponsored by state Treasurer John Chiang, also requires the issuer of any state or local government debt to provide an annual debt accountability report to the state. In addition, debt issuers must certify they have adopted local debt policies and that the debt issuance is consistent with those policies.

March 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, issued the following statement today after the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority issued a draft plan for project spending if voters approve a half-cent sales tax increase next fall:

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